Secrets behind resignation of 3 IEBC commissioners

Gov't Withdraws IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati's Bodyguards

Gov't Withdraws IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati's Bodyguards

Three commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission led by Vice Chairperson Consolata Nkatha, Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya have resigned citing disunity in their ranks. "The commission will give a comprehensive statement at an appropriate time", a statement published on the commission's Twitter account read. "Under his leadership, the Commission boardroom has become a venue for peddling misinformation, grounds for brewing mistrust, and a space for scrambling for and chasing for individual glory and credit", the three said. The latest resignation of three commissioners may create another heated political exchange.

"For too long and way too many times, the commission chair chair has failed to be steady and stable hand that steers ship in hard times", they said.

Since past year, Chebukati has been struggling to stamp authority in the commission and the latest twist of events could be the end of his controversial tenure in the commission.

Just hours to crisis meeting following suspension of the commission's CEO Ezra Chiloba, the three commissioners pulled a shocker by tendering their resignation.

The exit of Nkatha, Kurgat, and Mwachanya brings to four the number of Commissioners that have left IEBC.

The current IEBC commissioners were sworn into office in January 2017 and was reduced to six when Roselyn Akombe resigned before the repeat presidential polls.

Mwachanya blames politicians for the commission's woes.

In a statement seen by TUKO.co.ke, Orengo demanded the disbandment of the entire commission since it has failed accountability, efficiency and accuracy tests as stipulated in the constitution.

He moved to court seeking to overturn the decision but the Employment and Labour Relations Court failed to rule in his favour.

Moving forward, Kega said the number of commissioners serving in the electoral commission should be reduced to five. "Consequently we regret to announce our resignation from the commission with immediate effect", they said.

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